Arctic experience: 8 adventures you simply shouldn’t miss

Arctic experience: 8 adventures you simply shouldn’t miss

The Arctic is an extreme place in every respect. You can easily become frozen to the bone, the wind is so fierce that it virtually cuts like a knife and the snow is so deep that it can literally engulf you. But… There are so many ‘buts’ that there is absolutely no reason whatsoever that could be so forceful as to stop you from packing up your shit and heading off for the fucking North Pole!


#1 Aurora Borealis


When darkness falls on the Arctic, everyone starts staring at the sky like nutballs, squabbling over which way the north is, because strands of green, yellow, purple and pink polar light are supposed to appear from that direction. And when they do appear and start glittering like some megalomaniac screensaver, all you need for the perfect night is a couch made of snow (we designed and decorated ours according to feng shui), a Thermos flask of mulled wine or plum brandy and warm waterproof clothing so that your ass should not suffer the consequences of excessive indulgence.


#2 Ice fishing

Ice fishing

No matter if it’s morning, twilight or broad daylight, it’s equally useless. It’s utterly futile to be up with the crow and wake up at the crack of dawn. And if some jinx neighbour wishes you good luck with a smirk on his face, just remember the scene from the movie Who’s Singin’ Over There?  ‘Tear the tyres, hahahahaha, tear, hahahaha!’ However, the ritual itself is a real blast and will do wonders for your biceps. All you need is an ice auger, a fishing rod, some worms or meat and a reindeer hide, ‘cause the butt always gets the short end of the stick if you fool around.


#3 ‘Watching’ moose and reindeer


Watching, to be honest, comes down to roaming the wilderness and following hoof prints in the snow and dung on the trail. But the heavy grunting sound is a real confidence booster that you’ll eventually stumble upon an actual reindeer. Just step into the tundra (it’s best to stick to the trails made by snowmobiles) and focus exclusively on call of these horned ungulates. You’ll also come across wooden hunting towers scattered here and there across the tundra, which is a sure sign that you’re not tripping out. The search for Rudolph will definitely take you a step further into the wilderness or the snow for that matter, because it can easily happen that you get caught up in the excitement of the moment, step off the trail following a piece of dung and end up in snow up to your waist. Walking is of no use in this case. Just swim through the snow until you reach the trail again. Fun is guaranteed! You can always see the moose and the reindeer at the Sami or the Lapps. We also learned how to call for them in the wild.


#4 Sauna

Crazy, bro, crazy! It’s cold as balls outside and you’re skipping trough the snow in your birthday suit, steaming worse that your mom’s Sunday soup. The process itself entails that you light the fire yourself, which will take about an hour or two, depending on the number of stoves and the size of the room. Just gradually throw water on the hot stones and thus raise the humidity. When the temperature reaches 80 ̊ or so, you’re ready to go! Time to get your clothes off! Just relax by sitting or lying on wooden benches. Drink lots of fluid and don’t forget to water the stones with the same fluid. It can be water, either plain or flavoured, or beer as in our case – the beer fills the air with an irresistible scent of wood. The basic rule entails 15-20 minutes of mating, followed by a shock therapy and ultimately 15-20 minutes of cooling down.

Swedish sauna

Then repeat the whole process for up to three or four times in a row. This shock therapy in the far North often entails taking a dip in the ice hole, which is slightly bigger than the one used for ice fishing. You simply have to try this and you shouldn’t worry that your heart will stop beating. Skipping through the snow or a naked snowball fight could serve as an adequate substitute. Basically, you can choose from whatever hits the spot. Your bloodstream, skin and muscles will benefit enormously.


#5 Nordic skiing

Cross country skiing or Nordic skiing

Why would you trudge through the snow when you can simply slide? If you’re a novice, you should know that it’s actually neither complicated nor difficult. You’ll break a sweat before you learn the ropes, but when you get the hang of it, it runs like clockwork. If you’re an experienced skier, you’ll have some trouble lifting the skies, because the sense of balance and the way of walking are a trifle different. However, after a few falls, you simply get used to it. Bring a Thermos flask, stray away from the group, dip into the snow and have a whale of a time. One sound definitely dominates the surroundings. We recorded it. Listen!


#6 Ice hotel

Ice hotel room

If you decide to spend the night at the Icehotel, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping in the Museum of Contemporary Art – just without heating, of course. Every room is individually themed – from jellyfish and moustache to ancient statues and elaborate geometric shapes. There’s also an Icebar, music and lights that stream across the ice-bound ceiling, chairs, tables and ice glasses – all in all, you’ll get a full experience. There’s also a church – supposedly to say a prayer to God that you wake up alive and kicking the next morning. We tried the beds too. Ice mattresses are indeed a bit hard, but reindeer hides they’re covered with are actually very soft and warm. You can visit all the rooms during the day, just to make sure if your neighbour’s doing better than you are. His room may be more elegantly furnished, but it certainly isn’t warmer. All things considered, this was quite an extraordinary experience.


#7 Be a musher for one day

Dog kennel

A musher is a dog driver. To put it more clearly, a musher stands on a sled pulled by dogs. He has a break and that’s it as far as safety is concerned. All the strength and speed comes from the insatiable desire for running. Before you embark on the adventure, your ‘stallions’ will absolutely knock you off your feet. They cuddle and put their damp snouts in your hands and then they twist on their backs expecting you to give them a good scratch. Love at first sight! However, it is when they get carried away by the feeling of freedom that their innate urge for running prevails. Just muster up the courage and take the ‘wheel’. All you really need to do while you’re making your way through the tundra is use the break promptly and be really careful that some branch doesn’t whip you on the face. Enjoyment is guaranteed! We chose the night ride and we certainly didn’t regret it. And if you get so lucky as to see aurora borealis, then we can say with absolute certainty that there are few experiences in the world that can beat that!


#8 Ice caves

Ice cave in Svalbard

The Arctic glaciers have created numerous ice caves that you can enter safely. Whether you decide to examine them on foot, by riding a dog sled or clambering down the ice holes with climbing ropes, you’ll see ice and rock formations that are absolutely beyond imagination. This is the only place in the world where you can get into the very heart of the glacier. However, if you’re claustrophobic, this way of fun may not prove to be your cup of tea. If you freak out every time you have to get into the elevator, stay on the surface. Anyway, it’s just snow.

Would you believe that all this is possible to experience for few hundreds of euros. How? Where? We will explain in blog post yet to come.


  1. Robin Ross-Fleming at

    While I love living in a cold climate, the roughing it might be beyond my ability to handle on a vaca! Gorgeous photos, and I know a ton of guys would love to do this!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  2. Kristen Whitten

    What incredible sights. These are lovely!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  3. robin masshole mommy

    The northern lights are truly AMAZING. I think everyone should try to see them at least once in their life.

    02/03/2017 Reply
  4. simplel2

    That looks like an amazing experience! I would love to take an adventure like that!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  5. thecoffeemom0617

    I have always wanted to ride on a dog sled. Fun fact, as a kid i wanted to be in the Ididarod….I live in Florida though lol

    02/03/2017 Reply
  6. Richard_eCoursesXYZ (@Richard_eCourse)

    I had an opportunity about 15 years back to be part of a crew sent to the Arctic to build labs and living quarters for some science expedition but the gig meant that I would have to live there for 9 months. I chickened out at the last minute and I’m still regretting it.

    02/03/2017 Reply
  7. Sondra Barker

    This looks amazing! That ice hotel is crazy, I had no idea they had such things.

    02/03/2017 Reply
  8. Krysten

    I want to see the Northern Lights so bad, I think they’re absolutely gorgeous. I don’t think I have the patience for ice fishing, but I could definitely get into that ice hotel! 😛

    02/03/2017 Reply
  9. duffelbagspouse

    I do not like to be cold, so the sauna sounds amazing. But I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights no matter what.

    02/03/2017 Reply
  10. Mommy Engineering

    Wow beautiful pictures! Makes me want to visit! I love spending time in cold climates! Need a vacation soon anyway!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  11. Jessica Taylor

    I have always wanted to see Aurora Borealis! Great list!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  12. Kat

    Oh no, ice- fishing is not tempting for me:D But visiting ice caves sounds really exciting!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  13. Carol Cassara

    I would say that I’m tired of the cold but how can you be tired when you have all of these beautiful sights! The Aurora alone is enough to convince you to come here.

    02/03/2017 Reply
  14. Elizabeth O.

    Wow! Amazing! I would go to these places in a heartbeat if I could. This is what making the most of the winter is about.

    02/03/2017 Reply
  15. JCavcic

    The ice caves!!! Seems like a great adventure, one that I’d love to try myself.

    02/03/2017 Reply
  16. Court

    Great tips! I would love to see the northern lights 🙂 planning on going to iceland in a few months hopefully I will see them then!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  17. dearlydainty

    I definitely avoid the cold but I love traveling to colder places!! Just to see how beautiful nature really is when it’s below freezing point! Everything transforms so magically!

    02/03/2017 Reply
  18. MyYellowApron

    What a fabulous idea. Love it. Thanks for sharing!!

    03/03/2017 Reply
  19. Smiling Notes

    The photos are simply breathtaking. I’ve always wanted to visit the Ice hotel.. looks so beautiful! Loved your post.

    03/03/2017 Reply
  20. Hey Sharonoox

    This sounds like an amazing adventure. You got me at a few hundred of euros! Love to go and have an Arctic experience someday. This is so cool!

    03/03/2017 Reply
  21. Jazz (@JazzOnTheRun)

    Wow! I always see nice and sunny posts of things like the beach, etc. But this is quite amazing to see places covered in the white beautiful snow! I would love to visit

    03/03/2017 Reply
  22. Nikki Nurtures (@NikkiNurtures)

    I don’t venture out into the cold, but I would love to see the aurora borialus.

    04/03/2017 Reply
  23. nadine cathleen (@karateandcaviar)

    I want to do ALL OF THAT!! Bookmarking these ideas for my next trips! I love snowy environments 🙂 🙂

    05/03/2017 Reply
  24. Katja Knox

    Being from Finland I’ve actually done most of these and HELLS YEAH, they are awesome. Trust me, I’m a nordic.
    Katja xxx

    05/03/2017 Reply
  25. CaptionDaFashion

    I’m more of a sun type of girl than being in the snow or the cold. It’s beautiful don’t get me wrong but experiencing cold, snowy weather as a vacation is not my cup of tea. I’ve seen beautiful photos of such vacations and my God I wish I can but I don’t know if I can plan a cold vacation. LOL The ice caves wow it looks AMAZING!

    07/03/2017 Reply
  26. Kirsten Schwarz

    Wow guys. You got me inspired! 😀 I’m gonna wake my husband up right now and make him buy us some Arctic airplane tickets! Btw, I read all your stories and you two look super cool and super happy! Keep up with good work and even better life!

    Kirsten from Germany

    P.S.I’m from Hamburg and you should check out Watten Meer! 😉

    19/03/2017 Reply